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PLTA eNews 

March 2017

Common Ground 

Welcome New Members!

Todd Felpel
Epic Select Settlements Inc.
Individual Title Agent

Kenneth Julian
Real Advantage
Individual Title Agent

Donald Lynn, Jr.
Southern Chester County Abstracting Corporation
Title Agency: 3-10 Employees

Melissa Miller
CGA Law Firm
Title Agency: 20+ Employees

John Ogden
Law Office of John Ogden
Title Agency: 0-2 Employees

Christian Sturdivant
NNA Surety
Company Affiliate

Upcoming Seminars

Transportation & Title
March 7, 2017
PLTI Education Center
King of Prussia, PA

Mechanic Liens
March 23, 2017
PLTI Education Center
King of Prussia, PA

Short Sales
April 5, 2017
PLTI Education Center
King of Prussia, PA

To take online courses visit:

Upcoming Events

Western Mid-Year Conference
March 9, 2017
Embassy Suites
Coraopolis, PA

PLTA South Central Chapter Breakfast & Learn
April 5, 2017
Red Lion Hotel
Harrisburg, PA

PLTA PA Lobby Day
April 18, 2017
Pennsylvania State Capitol Building
Harrisburg, PA

2017 PLTA Convention
June 11-13, 2017
Bear Creek Mountain Resort
Lehigh Valley, PA

Thanks to our Premier Sponsor

Committee Meetings
Interested in joining a committee? Visit to learn more.

Strategic Planning Committee Meeting
March 6, 2017 - 10 am
PLTA Office

Convention Committee Meeting
March 14, 2017- 12 pm
PLTA Office & Conference Line

Education Committee Meeting
March 15, 2017- 10 am
PLTA Office & Conference Line

Title Issues & Records Committee Meeting
March 24, 2017- 11 am
PLTA Conference Line

Communications Committee Meeting
March 28, 2017- 11 am
PLTA Conference Line

Executive Committee Meeting
April 12, 2017- 10 am
PLTA Office

PLTA/PLTI Staff Can Help!

Questions about your membership?
Looking for courses?
Interested in joining a committee?

Give us a call! 610-265-5980

Robin Kelsh - Executive Director
Kim Kostusiak - Administrator
Shelley Marsh - Administrator


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Last chance to Register for the 2017 Western Mid-Year Conference in Coraopolis!
Insuring the Future – The Road to Success!

The PLTA Western Mid-year Conference will be held on Thursday, March 9, 2017, at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Coraopolis.    Presenters Anne Anastasi, CLTP, NTP will speak about the changes and future of our industry.  Tony Crisci, Esq., Brian Zulli, Esq., CLTP, Len Shatz, Esq., CLTP and Todd Rowe, Esq. will take part in  a panel discussion about the impact of changing legislation on the title industry in PA.   Register online today to attend the Western Mid-Year Conference on March 9, 2017, at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Coraopolis, PA. Sponsorships are available for this event.

Title Issues & Records Committee Update
Update on outstanding Philadelphia WRB issues

Leadership of the PLTA Title Issues and Records Committee spoke with counsel at the City of Philadelphia law department on 2/24/17. Below is a summary of the information provided during our discussion:

  • The “Total Due” column on the new Water Revenue Bureau – Water Lien Search reports contain up to date information as it relates to the originally liened amount.  However, it cannot be relied upon by itself to operate as a payoff statement because it does not include interest and penalties, if any, that may have accrued.  Expect payoff requests to be completed in 3-4 business days.

  • WRB has been experiencing some technical issues with their email inbox for payoff requests.  They are working to fix this. If you are having difficulties, please contact WRB directly at 215-686-6880.

  • Water Revenue Bureau – Water Lien Search reports sometimes contain dollar amounts in the “Total Liened” column but also show zero dollars due in the “Total Due” column.  The City wants to maintain a historic record of these matters over time so the previously due amounts will always be listed even after payment thereof.

  • The City generally files liens twice yearly in the locality index and may file in the Court of Common Pleas through the BANNER case management system and in Municipal Court as well.

  • If members feel they need to challenge a water receivable or HELP loan matter, please contact the Committee at for review and assistance.

  • WRB is adding a new account inquiry system to Basis2 in the OJR perhaps as soon as two weeks from now.  It is expected to provide full account information including current account balances, copies of bills, and lien information.  This system will eventually be offered as a remotely accessed subscription service.

News You Can Use
When have we ever heard of taxes going DOWN?  Well, look out Lackawanna County because the City of Scranton has reduced its local transfer tax rate from 3.4% to 2.4%.  The School collects .5% in transfer tax, making the total percentage for Scranton to be 2.9%.  Always be sure to check you are collecting the correct percentage for the local municipality and its school district.  The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania will still want its 1% in transfer tax.

Mortgage Rate Trend Index | March 1, 2017
Will mortgage rates go up, down or remain unchanged?

CoreLogic's Case For Improving Property Tax Estimates
Mortgage News Daily | February 24, 2017
Something we do every day, so see CoreLogic’s case for improving property tax estimates.

ALTA Title News
ALTA Title News | February 2017
Interesting information from ALTA may be found by downloading their latest TitleNews publication. You may have to download Adobe Flash Player to view the publication.

96th Annual Convention Speakers Lineup Announced!

We hope to see you at the 2017 PLTA 96th Annual Convention at Bear Creek Mountain Resort in Macungie, PA from June 11 - 13, 2017! Speakers for the convention include: Mary O’Donnell, CEO and President of Westcor Land Title Insurance Company and ALTA Underwriter Section Chair; Wayne M. Stanley, Director of Public Affairs, ALTA and Leslie Wyatt, Director of Industry Relations, SoftPro Corporation. The 4 credits of education will take place Sunday afternoon June 11th and Monday morning June 12th.  Sponsorships and exhibit space are available for this event; interested vendors can download the sponsorship package.  Visit the Convention page on our website: for more information.  Thanks to our Premier Sponsor, Signature Information Solutions!

Did You Know?

Did You Know? as a PLTA Member you can request a PLTA Member logo to display on your website. Please send your request to

Did You Know? you can also print out an individual Membership card by logging into your profile at Click on the “Manage Profile” tab on the right side. Under “Information & Settings” click on the Membership Card tab.

Did You Know? is a new section in Common Ground eNews that will highlight useful information pertaining to the Admin side of PLTA. We hope you will find the information useful. If you have any topics you want information about, please send your request to

Western Chapter Update
Out here the weather is teasing us with Spring conditions, and as new growth is blooming, we are looking forward to growing and trying something new. The Chapter is planning a 2 credit, Spring Continuing Education seminar to be held the morning of Thursday, April 13, 2017 at the Carnegie Library of Homestead. Details, directions and registration information will be out soon! We hope to see you there!

Communications Committee
Our first meeting of the new year included discussions of revising and updating sections of the PLTA website to include current and more useful information for our members.  Marketing and Advertising were also agenda topics that are being refined, along with a Member Survey to be created along with the Membership Committee.  Social Media and Technology updates for promoting the Convention, PLTA events and Chapter meetings were discussed.  Look for a PLTA Instagram page soon. 

If anyone has any requests or ideas for topics they would like to see explored, please contact the committee at

Welcome Shelley Marsh to the PLTA Staff!
PLTA has a new addition, staff member Shelley Marsh, will start on Monday, March 6, 2017 as the new Membership & Registration Administrator. She comes to PLTA & PLTI with a versatile background including experience with multiple associations, credit processing for all 50 states, membership databases, Sircon, administrative/office management skills and much more. We are excited to have Shelley join our team! She can be reached at  Help us give her a warm welcome!  

Digging In the Dirt ~ What if this land held “Brigadoon”?

The month of March celebrates all things green and Irish, and musical buffs may remember the mythical town of Brigadoon was set in Scotland, sort of in the same neighborhood. A recent newspaper article told the tale of landowners doing battle with a multi-state oil company on the location of their massive pipeline:
Washington County landowners caught in eminent domain fight with Rover

It brought to mind the question that if the gas company’s eminent domain ruling takes over this piece of peaceful land, wonder what the townspeople of Brigadoon would do if their 100 year appearance happened to emerge over an oil pipeline? ‘Tis a scunner (look it up!) ~ so glad they are only there for one day!

May you have the hindsight to know where you've been, the foresight to know where you're going, and the insight to know when you're going too far.~ Irish Blessing

Please submit any ideas, dilemmas or title issues you would like to share to Kimberly Reed at

Pennsylvania Land Title Association 2016-2017 Officers
PLTA President - Brian Zulli, Esq., CLTP
PLTA Vice President - Frank McGovern, Esq. CLTP
PLTA Treasurer - Danielle L. Chamberlain, CLTP
PLTA Secretary - Chuck Nowicki, CLTP, NTP
PLTA Immediate Past President - John T. Croke, CLTP

Central Chapter - Lisa Peters, CLTP
Lehigh Valley Chapter - Freddy Vasta, Jr.
Northeastern Chapter  - Barb Mikielski, CLTP
South Central Chapter - Nanci Reese, CLTP
South Eastern Chapter - Diana T. Sabol, CLTP
Western Chapter - Deb Chipman Reimer, CLTP

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